Archives for July 2016

Report Card Letter – June 2016


Auditorium Update

The work in the auditorium is moving ahead on schedule.  The ceiling is mostly painted (and repaired), the floor being ground down as I write and the new chairs to be delivered the week of August 8th.  Our first batch of dedication plates is ready for pick-up and I will be getting those in late July for installation in late August.

We have had 11 new seat purchases since June – Thanks!  This money is all going towards making the space the professional theatre environment that our students deserve!

My next report will be in late July… enjoy your summer!


Auditorium July 15 2016

Science Fiction attack in Room 108?

Nope!  We are getting another room fixed up!  Those are electrical plugs waving in the air, (not a cyborg invasion from below), and they will all be replaced with receptacles along the walls in the coming weeks to facilitate computer use.  The floors will be fixed-up and the new desks and chairs will be placed in the room for the start of the school year.  Slowly, room by room…


Room 108

Parents of 2016/2017 grade 12’s

45% of ESA’s grade 12 students have signed up to participate in Portfolio Day 7 on October 28.

We can not afford to run PD7 with a 35% increase in participants over 2015 and meet our financial responsibilities. The Visual Art Department has paid for 100% of costs incurred in PD1-PD6. We have created a crowd funding campaign so that you are able to easily contribute to this event. If every participating student has $210 donated on their behalf we will be full steam ahead.

If we do not raise the required amount the event will be reconsidered. The Visual Art/Photography Department has grown significantly in the past three years which has increased our total expenditures. As well as more students to support, costs of supplies have jumped due to the dollar dropping and a natural inflation of prices – a triple hit to our budget.

If this does not happen the structure breaks and opportunities for non Visual Art students decrease – which we do not want.

Fundraising information is found here:

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Help us save $46,000!

$46, 000 is the value of the 1, 130 textbooks that are outstanding and that we are hoping to have returned to the school.  One of the things struck by teachers at the end of the year was the collection of textbooks; this has resulted in our very slow tallying of what has been returned and what is still owing.  If you have any school materials, please return them before 3:00 pm on July 15th.  We will be back in the school again on August 22nd and will also very happily accept books during those two weeks before school starts. (Your report card packages will also contain a list of any books that our records indicate that you have not returned.)

Please help us to save $46,000 of your money – thanks!


Report Card Distribution

Report Card Distribution

 Unfortunately, the mailing of the report cards has been delayed due to the teacher strike action and now, again, due to the potential postal workers’ strike/lockout.  In case there is a postal workers’ strike/lockout, we would like to give students and their families the opportunity to pick up report cards during the week of Tuesday, July 12th. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week students may pick up their report cards between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  On Friday, students may pick up their report cards between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Regardless of any work action taken at Canada Post, we will be sending report cards to be mailed on the afternoon of July 15th. Parents may pick up report cards for students, but friends may not.  If you have any questions about this, please contact staff in the main office at 416-394-6910.



Congrats to Mr. Varey!

The Canadian Society for Education Through Art has named Mr. Varey, our Head of Visual Arts, the recipient of the CSEA/SCEA Canadian Art Educator of the Year Award, Secondary (9-12)!

CSEA works out of the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and in partnership with the British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association.

I know you all join me in congratulating Mr. Varey for this honour!


Arts in the Parks!

There are some great arts events going on in our city parks this summer and they are all free! Please read below for more information on this wonderful series of activities; there are also volunteer opportunities for students and their families (this is not a TDSB event).  This program is supported by the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council (full disclosure, I sit on the Board of Directors for the TAC).



Toronto has become an international summer hotspot as our city buzzes with energy and culture during those blissful summer days and nights. This summer, Toronto will be coming alive as never before with an exciting new initiative called Arts in the Parks. Think music, theatre and dance … think film, arts installations and performance. Everywhere throughout the city from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core. All of it completely family-friendly and free! Events include vaudevillian style theatre in Panorama Park, an outdoor streetdance event in Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, an ongoing concert series featuring different musicians every Wednesday in Earl Bales Park and more. Join us for the biggest, most inclusive arts initiative that Toronto has ever seen. Visit for full events listings, dates and details.


Are you passionate about your neighbourhood, being outside, arts and culture, or any combination of the above?  Toronto Arts Foundation is seeking a team of 250+ volunteers to support Arts in the Parks events. Spend your summer outdoors with us as we connect this creative city, block by block. Visit for details on how to apply today!

Prom Photos

Prom photos are now available to view/order online.  Visit and click the “Order Online” link or go directly to the event using this short URL:

If you have any questions, contact Darren from Myher Photography at (416) 722-8951 or via e-mail at [email protected].


ESA’s Own Book Club: Summer Reads 2016

What you’ve been waiting for!  The title of our Summer Reads book…

The trade paperback edition of The Alienist is available both online ($17.13) and in stores at Chapters/Indigo.
  • Remember that if you purchase $25 worth online at Chapters/Indigo you get free shipping, so take another peak at our list of choices and get happy and order yourself a couple more books while you’re at it!
  • Remember also that is you are able to, please support your local independent bookseller… who should have ow will be able to get a copy for you as well.
We will meet to discuss this book, and chart our course for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21st in the ESA Library.
  • 6:45pm for tea and treats
  • 7pm to meet and greet
  • 7:30pm to talk about our book

Anyone who would still like to join us for our Summer Read, or for our ESA’s Own Book Club throughout the year, please fill out this Google Form and we’ll get you up to speed.

Have a great summer.  Read lots.  Read local!

Toronto Public Library Teens: Win free books!

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Write a review…  Win a free book!

Send a review of a book, movie, concert, anime, video game, tv show, song or band and we’ll post it! And, as long as you can get to a Toronto Public Library branch, we’ll thank you for your time by sending you a book. (Send us your first name, age and the library branch nearest to you so we can send the book there for you to pick up.) We’ll give you a book for every review you send, to a limit of five. If you want to send us more than five reviews, please do! We want to hear what you have to say.

Find all the details here.